BAILLIEU BACKS BROWN COAL OVER GREEN JOBS

Posted on 11. May, 2011 in Greening Victoria

The Baillieu Government’s decision to scrap Labor’s plan to partially close Hazelwood power station highlights it doesn’t care about Victoria’s future, Shadow Minister for Energy Lily D’Ambrosio said today.
“Mr Baillieu’s decision to keep Hazelwood fully operating is disgraceful,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.

“There’s no doubt this was a challenging task but Labor was committed to tackling climate change and was prepared to do the hard work to partially close Hazelwood.

“Mr Baillieu’s decision to dump the plan shows that when he is faced with a challenge, he runs the other way.

“The Government is looking to blame everyone else to deflect attention away from the fact it has no plan to create green jobs, reduce carbon emissions and attract investment in renewable energy generation.

Ms D’Ambrosio said Australia was moving to a low-carbon future and Victoria needed to be prepared.

“Our state must be looking at ways to lower our dependence on brown coal and finding new ways to generate energy. Partially shutting Hazelwood was part of this process,” she said.

“The partial closure was one of a suite of measures within a broad strategy to create new jobs, encourage investment and provide a cleaner energy future for Victoria.
“Mr Baillieu must now explain how he will ensure Victoria will meet its target of reducing carbon emissions by 20 per cent by 2020, which was legislated by Labor and backed by the Coalition.

“Even the industry is being frustrated by the Baillieu Government’s dithering.

“A report from International Power, the owners of Hazelwood, stated the Coalition has ”not yet outlined alternative policies as to how it will address the reduction target”.

“Workers in the Latrobe Valley deserve certainty about their future but that’s something they are not getting from the Baillieu Government.

“Mr Baillieu is sending a clear message that Victoria is shut when it comes to green investment.

“Mr Baillieu must understand he can’t be part of the solution by turning his back on the problem.”

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